First name origin & meaning:
Spanish, Portuguese: Sweet wine; an island off the African coast
Last name origins & meanings:
- Portuguese: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, from
madeira ‘wood’, ‘timber’ (Late Latin materia, from
classical Latin materies ‘material’, ‘substance’).
name from the island of Madeira, which was named with Portuguese
madeira ‘timber’ because of the timber that grew there. The
island was colonized in the 15th century under the patronage of Prince
Henry the Navigator.
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